Ever wondered what a lawyer gets up to during a nationwide lockdown? Aimee Elder writes her first ever blog detailing her personal survival guide during the coronavirus crisis.
“Friday is beckoning, and with it the end of our second week of home working for most of the Watermans staff.
Whilst the promise of the weekend no longer holds the same freedoms as it did before, it seems an opportune moment for me to reflect on the experience to date, for those workers fortunate enough to be able to work from home.
My working week usually begins by being confined to the sweaty match box that is the commuter train, reading a copy of the Metro.
By Tuesday morning the initial novelty of having no commute has begun to wear off and I have realised the importance of sticking to a proper routine for work.
My top tips are: Make sure you get up at the usual time and don your very best daytime pyjamas. Getting up and dressed like this has helped me get into a productive frame of mind for work.
It also seems helpful to designate a particular part of your home to be your new office, whether that’s the kitchen table, a study or your children’s picnic bench. This gives you the opportunity to consciously pack up from work at the end of the day, which is important when you are living in your workspace. Luckily for me, I live with another lawyer, so recreating the opinionated environment of a court room has been all too easy.
When you start to confuse your dog with your co-worker, you know cabin fever has struck. Even the dog hasn’t been prepared for all the unwanted attention I’ve been giving him.
Fortunately everyone is allowed out once a day for some exercise. With gyms, swimming pools sports clubs being closed it is essential to try and find an alternative way to exercise. Travelling to the national parks for a vigorous hike has been discouraged to contain the spread of the infection, so my rationed activity hour outside has mostly been spent going for walks or cycles around my neighbourhood.
It is positive to see that everyone, whilst having the same idea, is largely following the social distancing guidelines and are impeccably spaced apart. All very British. There is a lot less traffic on the roads at the moment, and as a personal injury lawyer I can’t help reflect how much safer it is for pedestrians and wonder if this will lead to a positive change in our lives overall.
For inside workouts we are fortunate that with the use of smart phones and apps, it now couldn’t be easier to follow a fitness program from the comfort of your home – some of them you can even watch from the comfort of your sofa. It is not just physical health that matters at a time like this; looking after your mental health is crucial during a period of enforced isolation. It can be really lonely for vulnerable people in particular to be cut off from physical contact with their families.
Thankfully, all of our communication lines remain open and I have not yet had to resort to speaking to the plants for the sake of conversation. Make sure and take time every day to check in with friends and family via telephone, Skype or pigeon carrier, if you feel like easing the burden on Royal Mail.
For a society addicted to smartphones, the good news is that it’s never been easier to stay in touch with loved ones, so although it may feel at that we have never been more separated, the truth is we have never been more together. Perhaps there are more positives than we realised.”